Myrtle Beach Golf News & Updates

October 13, 2010

3 Best Holes: Meadowlands Golf Club

Golf courses will often open with an easy hole, allowing players time to find their rhythm. At Meadowlands Golf Club, architect Willard Byrd opted to immediately challenge players, and the results were impressive.

When asked about the best holes at Meadowlands, head pro Mac Hood named the first three. The average golfer  might have selected the seventh, 15th or 17th, holes that provide a chance to pick up a stroke, but Hood likes a challenge. As a result, here are a look at the head

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October 5, 2010

Golf Group of the Week: Schmelli Open

The quest to earn the title of golf’s fifth major seems to be an eternal one, but there is no more debate in air traffic control towers scattered throughout America. Golf’s fifth major is the Schmelli Open, at least to the guys who annually participate. Now in its 10th year, the Schmelli just made its first trek to Myrtle Beach and 19 guys played 10 rounds of golf over five days at Barefoot Resort in hopes of winning money and bragging rights. The Schmelli is the brainchild of Jim

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September 28, 2010

Charlie’s Corner: Pressure Makes Ryder Cup Great

Welcome to Charlie's Corner, the blog home for Golf Channel analyst Charlie Rymer. A lifelong Myrtle Beach golfer, Rymer, with his characteristic wit and unique perspective, will be weighing in on all things golf for Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday.

Here's what I like most about the Ryder Cup: it's an event that makes the guys with the deep pocketbooks nervous.

That's what I can relate to as a former player. And I'm not talking about the deep pocketbook part. 


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September 27, 2010

Hot List: 3 Best Holes at the Dunes Club

DC11.jpgThe Dunes Club is the most decorated Myrtle Beach golf course. The PGA, LPGA and Senior Tours have all hosted events at the storied layout and any list of the best at the Dunes Club is certain to spark much debate.

That being said, we asked head pro Dennis Nicholl to name the Robert Trent Jones design’s three-best holes. While the front nine at the Dunes Club is outstanding, the three best holes are all located on the back, according to Nicholl.

Here is a look at the best the Dunes Club has to offer:

No. 11, 430-yard, par 4 – The only hole on the course that has been significantly redesigned, the 11th is also one of the best. What was once a short, straight hole is now a dogleg right that plays 370 yards, from the white tees, into a peninsula green.

Drives must stay to the left side of the fairway to avoid the swash. The 11th hole is the beginning of Alligator Alley, arguably the best three-hole stretch on the Myrtle Beach golf scene.

“It’s one of the most picturesque holes we have here,” said Nicholl.

No. 13, 590-yard, par 5 – Known as Waterloo, No. 13 is the most renowned Myrtle Beach golf hole. Once named one of America’s 18 best holes by Sports Illustrated, No. 13 has earned its reputation as the course’s hardest hole.

Lake Singleton plays along the right side and despite the hole’s length – it plays 520 from the white tees – for many people the driver stays in the bag. The best play is to hit the ball about 220 yards off the tee and snuggle up to the lake (without going in!). From there, players can cut as much or as little of the lake as they want in trying to get to the green.

The 13th is a three-shot hole, and the work has only just started when you get to the green.

“People always say the lake is the problem, but really the strength of the 13th hole is the greens complex,” according to Nicholl. “There are a couple deep bunkers (around the green), and you need to have a good wedge coming in to a two-tiered green. If you put it on the wrong side of the green, it’s a three-putt waiting to happen. Anything from birdie to a double digit number is possible.”

No. 18, 430-yard, par 4 – The 18th hole at the Dunes Club has witnessed tournament victories by the likes of Hale Irwin, Gary McCord and Raymond Floyd. It’s a fairly long par 4 with water fronting the green and the prevailing wind coming off the nearby Atlantic is always in your face.

“Check your ego at the door and layup if you have to,” says Nicholl. “So many times I see people 180 to 200 yards out but they don’t take into account the ocean breeze is blowing from the backside of the clubhouse over the top. You might be standing in the fairway and don’t really feel it, hit your ball into the air, and it gets gobbled up and dumped into the water … If you have to take your medicine on 18, sometimes bogey is going to win the hole anyway.”

Any arguments with Nicholl’s choice of the Dunes Club’s three best holes?

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September 23, 2010

5 Things You Need To Know About The Dunes Club

The Dunes Golf & Beach Club is one of the oldest and most storied Myrtle Beach golf courses. There is much to know about the Robert Trent Jones design, but here are five facts you may have been unaware of:

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September 14, 2010

Dunes Club Ranks Among The Best In Myrtle Beach And America

On October 29, 1947, when Myrtle Beach was but a sleepy beach town (on a busy day), several area business leaders gathered in Chapin Cabin, yards from the Atlantic Ocean, to discuss the area’s need for more recreational activity. The meeting, which surely included lively discussion and a couple cold drinks, gave rise to the Dunes Golf & Beach Club, and the participants wasted little time in setting a course of action that helped make Myrtle Beach golf what it is today. In May of

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September 4, 2010

Bobby Perkinson Wins 2010 World Amateur Handicap Championship

Bobby Perkinson of Alcoa, Tenn. shot a gross 74 and a net 69 at TPC-Myrtle Beach during Friday’s World Championship playoff, besting 79 other golfers who won their flight. Bob Butler of North Atteboro, Mass., shot a gross 81 and a net 70 to finish second, one shot back. (Full Results)

A 4.4 handicap, Perkinson’s handicap is the lowest to win the event since Dennis Connors, a 3 handicap, won in 1995. Perkinson, who won flight 57 to advance to the World Championship

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August 26, 2010

North Beach Plantation Raises The Bar

The towers, visible from US 17 in North Myrtle Beach, rise from the edge of the Atlantic Ocean like an entrance into another world, alerting guests well before they arrive that North Beach Plantation is a different type of resort property.North Beach opened in August of 2009 and immediately staked its claim to being one of the nicest and most unique properties on the East Coast. The towers, which feature condos that range in size from one to five bedrooms, also house a 2 ½-acre, 15-pool

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August 26, 2010

Nature Valley’s Tip From the Pros: How to (Properly) Grip a Club

Forget everything you have ever been told about how to grip a golf club. That is the advice from Brad Redding, one of Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers and the director of instruction at the Grande Dunes Golf Academy, in this edition of Nature Valley’s Tips From the Pro.


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August 23, 2010

Charlie’s Corner: Heartbreak At PGA Could Benefit DJ

Welcome to Charlie's Corner, the blog home for Golf Channel analyst Charlie Rymer. A lifelong Myrtle Beach golfer, Rymer, with his characteristic wit and unique perspective, will be weighing in on all things golf for Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday.

As a former player, watching Dustin Johnson finish out at the PGA Championship was gut wrenching.  He clearly had no idea he was in a bunker. 

I understand all the arguments surrounding the incident.  Many people point out that

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August 10, 2010

Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame

The Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame was created in 2008 by Golf Holiday along with the Burroughs and Chapin company. The Hall of Fame was designed to pay tribute to the individuals that have helped mold and grow the Myrtle Beach golf industry over the years.

In 2009, the Hall of Fame celebrated it's inaugural year along with the reopening of Pine Lakes Country Club. That year, six individuals were inducted into the Hall of Fame. Two more were added in 2010 and even more will be

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August 10, 2010

Golf Magazine Ranks 3 Myrtle Beach Golf Courses Among Top 100

Golf Magazine unveiled its biennial ranking of America’s best public courses and the best each state has to offer in its September issue, and the Myrtle Beach area was, again, well represented.

Three Grand Strand courses, led by Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, earned a spot on Golf Magazine’s prestigious “Top 100 Courses You Can Play” list. Caledonia was ranked No. 28, followed by the Dunes Club at No. 48, and the Love Course at Barefoot Resort at No. 86.


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August 10, 2010

Nature Valley’s Tips From the Pro: Redding’s Putting Essentials

In this installment of Nature Valley’s Tips from the Pro, Brad Redding, the director of instruction at Grande Dunes Golf Academy , walks you through four essentials of putting. Redding’s essentials are easy to understand and implement and will improve your putting.     

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July 29, 2010

Sandpiper Bay Named Golf Course of the Year

The summer of 2010 is one that won’t soon be forgotten at Sandpiper Bay Golf & Country Club. The Sunset Beach, N.C., course just captured one of the area’s most prestigious honors, winning the Myrtle Beach Area Golf Course Owner’s Association Course of the Year Award.

The good times at Sandpiper didn’t conclude with the announcement of the award. On August 2, Sandpiper will reopen the Bay 9, concluding a three-year project that saw the facility install new

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July 28, 2010

Golf Group of the Week: Who is the King of Myrtle Beach?

So you want to be crowned the King of Myrtle Beach? If you are hanging with the VB Golf Crew, it’s going to require a superlative effort, on and off the course. Sure, it helps to go low, but with John Barry and his buddies you better not go to bed early if you plan to return home with the hardware. The fun-loving bunch from Virginia Beach has known each other since high school, and they come to the Grand Strand to relieve old memories and create new ones. The winner of the three-foot tall

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